anthony Posted February 14, 2017 Share Posted February 14, 2017 On 2017/02/12 at 7:22 PM, moralist said: Your description of phony compassion is spot on, Tony. Just as Capitalist business transactions are always win/win where both parties involved profit from it... moral interactions are also always win/win where both parties involved become better people. The latter being the only real purpose in life, everything else serves it. Greg Yah, you can't hide your goods (or services) from honest appraisal, and that two way integrity is what you get in value-trade for value-trade. Phony compassion is only part of the story. Don't forget that compassion is really an emotion and only an emotion, as beneficent to mankind as its effects might be. It is not some sort of pre-sensory 'second sight', as I think is often thought. You have to first see someone in a distressful situation and/or recognize distress in their appearance. Iow, perceive and identify and evaluate - before an emotion is possible. Just, the process happens so fast it appears to be instantaneous or unconscious--and "intuitive". Any emotion is the result of one perceiving 'something', and varies by kind according to one's previously-made value judgments about life. I mean, for extreme example, some people will take pleasure in seeing others' discomfort - probably because it validates their belief and experience, that life is pain - they aren't necessarily psychopathic either. The point being that a number of people will have a wide range of inconsistent or nuanced emotional reactions to the same scenario. So an emotion isn't an accurate means of judgment and a most dubious cause for action. What is growing increasingly nowadays is a pandemic of emotionalism, in particular "compassion", being used as the replacement for rational thought and judgment. What is irksome is that 'compassionistas' all believe they have the monopoly on that emotion, and that a thinking person can't know such emotions, nor comprehend their high-minded moralism. Worse, is how carefully they cherry-pick the objects of their sensitive feelings. You see it all the time: like the wailing and weeping for the poor, poor people who are blocked from entering the US (for instance) - while making hardly a peep about shariah-repressed women back in those countries, nor - those numbers of civilians (many, Christians, which might explain it) who have been brutalized and murdered by ISIS over past several years. Pretty disgusting. In this, is a 'selective' altruism and a 'calculated' compassion I think, and since it's so widespread and in global lock-step, would correctly be altruism-collectivism. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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